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Wheelchairs to be allowed in Puri Jagannath Temple – Why was it not allowed till now?

No idea why wheelchairs were not allowed in PuriJagannathTemple earlier but better late than never. The PuriJagannathTemple has now decided to open its doors to wheelchair-bound devotees. Until now disabled persons cannot go into the temple on a wheelchair. Disabled, old and paralysed people had to enter the temple with the help of family members and temple servitors."Every human being passes through phases in his life where he or she is dependent on someone else. The Lord (Jagannath) himself is limbless. But the anomaly is that wheelchair-bound limbless devotees can't have access to the Lord," said Ravi Tripathy, a handicapped and disabled rights activist. (Times of India)Even though the temple authorities have agreed to allow wheelchairs they have not taken any decision on building ramps. It seems the administration won’t allow outside or personal wheelchairs. The temple authorities will provide wheel chair (hope it is free and not another way of minting money.)Times o…

Ghatha Chaturdashi – Bhadrapada Bahula Chaturdashi

The rites and rituals on the fourteenth day during the Pitru Paksha fortnight is offered to those people who passed away due to accidents or those that met with other unnatural deaths like snake bites, accidents, suicide, war etc. The day is known as Ghatt Chaturdashi or Ghatha Chaturdasi in some regions. In 2017, Ghatha Chaturdashi is on September 18.
There is a strong belief that the souls of those people who had an unnatural death, will be wandering around and do not rest in peace. Hindus perform special pujas, rites and rituals for the dead person’s soul to rest in peace. This Tithi is meant for Accidental Victims only. Others not to do paksha on this day.
For those who are doing “Sakrunmahaalaya” – that is Shraddha on only a particular of the Paksha Masa, they need not do it on this day. However, for those who are doing paksha daily, they can do it on this day also. This article is contributed by Sri Narahari Sumadhwa.

Importance of Kojagari Lakshmi Puja

Kojagiri Lakshmi Puja is observed on the Purnima (full moon day) after Durga Puja. Kojagiri Purnima is an important puja dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and is observed in Bengal, Orissa, and other parts of eastern India and also in some regions in western India. In Hinduism, Goddess Lakshmi symbolizes prosperity and wealth and it is believed that on Kojagari Poornima night in Aashin month or Ashwin Mahina (September - October) she visits the homes of devotees and blesses them. Therefore special Lakshmi Puja is held in the evening on the day in homes.
On the day women draw Alpana or Alpona patterns (something similar to Rangoli) at homes. Most preferred Alpana is that of Goddess Lakshmi’s feet.

In Bengal and other parts of Eastern India, Goddess Lakshmi is believed to be the daughter of Goddess Durga.

Small clay idols of Goddess Lakshmi are installed in many households and in pandals for community puja. The rituals associated with Lakshmi puja varies locally and is also different for d…

Mahanavami – Durga Puja and Navratri Maha Navami

Mahanavami is the last day of the nine-day Navratri festival and is the penultimate day of Durga Puja. Maha Navami day is also observed as Ayudha Puja. In South India and parts of western India, the day is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Saraswati.

In Bengal, Goddess Durga is worshipped in the form of Aparajita on the day. The rituals that are held on Durga Puja Mahanavami are a continuation of those on Durga Ashtami day.

Sandhi puja is performed on the day. It is followed by Maha Arati which marks the end of the important rituals and prayers during Durga Puja. There is a major Bhog on the day known as Navami Bhog – favorite food items of Goddess Durga are offered to her. This is then distributed as Prasad.

Ashtavakra Gita Teachings

Like waves, foam and bubbles are not different from the waters.
The desireless one has neither praise for the calm, nor even blame for the wicked.
Where is attachment and where is aversion for him, whose love for the body has vanished?
As we think, so we become.
Infinite as Space am I, and the phenomenal world is like a limited-jar.
The wise one, who has no motive in all his actions, moves like a child. Ashtavakra Gita